DALLAS -- Two home games in two nights have resulted in two giant-size blowout victories for the Dallas Mavericks.
One night after clobbering the Milwaukee Bucks by 26 points, the Mavs came right back to American Airlines Center and flexed their muscles again, this time with a 99-60 pounding of the Sacramento Kings on Saturday night.
It was the fifth straight win for the Mavs, who open a four-game road trip Monday night in Los Angeles against the Lakers.
After dropping their first three games of the season, the Mavs are 8-5 and have won six consecutive home games. It was their seventh win in the past eight games.
"We did a job out there of staying focused and taking them out of any and everything that they wanted to do," said Shawn Marion, who had 10 points and eight rebounds. "We've just been helping each other and just doing it at both ends of the floor, and that's a great sign right now.
"We're taking baby strides right now until we get to where we need to be."
Sacramento fell behind 8-0 after missing its first eight shots, and was down 27-11 after the first period, when it misfired on its final 10 shots of the quarter.
"It was a great performance again defensively," said Jason Terry, who led all scorers with 21 points. "It's what we're hanging our hat on so far this season.
"It was our key to success last year and guys have bought into the system and it's paid off."
The Mavs, who won four games in five nights, were so dominant that they led 52-23 at halftime.
The 23 points were the fewest the Mavs have ever permitted in any half.
The previous low was 24 points the Vancouver Grizzlies -- they now play in Memphis -- scored in the first half of a March 13, 1999 game against Dallas.
Also, the 23 points were the fewest the Kings have scored in any half.
The previous low was 25 points, which they scored against Boston on Feb. 26, 1957, when they were the Rochester Royals.
Meanwhile, the 60 points were the fewest the Mavs have ever allowed in a game, and ties for the fewest the Kings have scored in a game since they moved to Sacramento in 1985.
"We made the Mavs mad," Kings coach Keith Smart said. "But we didn't have it and they played at a very, very high level tonight."
The Mavs held the Kings to 25.6 percent shooting and won the rebounding battle 59-50.
Things were so awful for the Kings that they trailed Dallas going into the fourth quarter 72-45.
The game marked the return of point guard Jason Kidd, who missed the previous four games while nursing an injured lower back.
Kidd played 29 minutes and contributed five points -- he made his first two-point basket of the season -- six assists and six steals.
"He looked good to me," coach Rick Carlisle said. "I thought he moved well, he had good balance.
"His presence on the floor is irreplaceable."
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